MQP - Hybrid Pneumatic-Hydraulic Actuator for MRI Robots

Project report can be found here:
http://www.wpi.edu/Pubs/E-project/Available/E-project-042610-184021/

Abstract


The Linear Pneumatic-Hydraulic MRI Robot Actuator was designed as a modular solution to precision motion in a medical MRI environment. The implementation of this non-ferrous and nearly completely non-metallic linear driver mechanism gives an operator the ability to place grippers, sensors, syringes, and other medical instruments with an extraordinary level of flexibility and precision. Its modular design allows for rapid prototyping of robotic systems and paves the way for more advanced and complex minimally invasive procedures under real-time MRI guidance. This enables decreased setup and adjustment time as well as higher precision and reduced complications. The team's design will be used in future MRI robot designs and research in collaboration with the UMass Medical School.

MQP Day 2010

Michael DiBlasi, Andrew Nehring, Andrew Smith presented their project on Pneumatic Actuator Development for MRI Robots.

Hybrid Pneumatic-Hydraulic Actuator for MRI Robots
Hybrid Pneumatic-Hydraulic Actuator for MRI Robots
Hybrid Pneumatic-Hydraulic Actuator for MRI Robots

Students Involved

  • Mike diBlasi
  • Andrew Nehring
  • Andrew Smith

Project Supervisors